Monday, May 9, 2016

Dotty Birthday

So, I had a really exciting invitation back in March. I was invited to be on the Split Coast Stampers Creative Crew from May through August!! Each month, the organizers of the Creative Crew post 4 design challenges on the Demo forum at, and we members of the Creative Crew create at least one project for each as inspiration for the challenges. There are some very talented stampers in the group, and I am very honored to be a part of it :)

This card was done using the Color/DSP challenge for this month: Use your favorite colors, but with a twist- use it with one of the Tutorials section on SCS.
I have been really loving the color combo of Hello Honey and Tip Top Taupe lately, and the addition of Gold embossing powder really classes it up. So I went with that! And I used the Embossing Folder Stamping tutorial.
  1. Cut a piece of watercolor paper to 4"x5¼", apply Hello Honey ink directly to the Large Polka Dots embossing folder (I just used my ink pad, but you can use a brayer or a sponge dauber), just on the side with the Sizzix logo on it. Lightly spritz folder with a couple spritzes of water. Lay the watercolor paper onto the inked portion of the folder, close the folder, and gently press and hold the paper for about 10-30 seconds so the watercolor paper has a chance to absorb the ink well. 
  2. Allow to air dry, or dry well with a heat tool. Very important!! Do not skip this step. If the dots are still wet, the next step will get muddy.
  3. Using you Aqua-painter and some ink squeezed into the lid of the Tip Top Taupe inkpad, fill in the rest of the watercolor paper. One of the tricks with watercolor is that if you let a color dry completely, you can generally paint over it without the dry color bleeding or blending. 
  4. Let the Tip Top Taupe ink dry. 
  5. Cut a 2"x5¼" strip of vellum, swipe with the Embossing Buddy, stamp Happy Birthday with Versamark ink and sprinkle with Gold embossing powder, heat set with heat tool. 
  6. Stitch around the panel with sewing machine and white thread, securing the vellum strip in the stitching. 
  7. Adhere the panel to the Thick Whisper White card base.
  8. Ink up the embossing folder again with alternating colored dots and press along the bottom edge of the inside panel. Or maybe use sponge daubers cuz mine got a little messy :)

 The edge of the embossing fold left some ink on the panel, and I am not sure I love this, but there it is!

A little angled view, you can really see how the vellum strip pops up a bit all on it's own.

So what do you think? Are you going to be trying this technique? It is a fun way to get more use out of your embossing folders :)

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